Many people are thinking about incorporating radiant floor heating into their Ottawa homes. It is energy efficient and comfortable to live with. This post will deal with some of the FAQs people have posed.
Common questions about radiant floor heating in Ottawa.
How does it work?
Using flexible plastic tubing (PEX), warm water flows underneath the floor or within the concrete slab itself. The tubing is divided into zones or rooms to keep the occupants and furniture warm. It works with a heat source, pumps, manifolds, and controls. Typically a boiler or hot water heater is used to heat the water, but other sources like geothermal or solar heating can also work.
Is it energy efficient?
Water can heat a home with less energy than a traditional forced-air furnace. Your home will be just as warm at a lower setting, saving money on heating costs. A radiant system is designed in zones to keep different areas at different temperatures. That means the bathroom is always comfortable and has lesser-used rooms like a formal dining area. It can also work with solar or geothermal systems to create even more savings.
Can it get too hot?
If it is properly designed and installed, it will not overheat. If you have particularly cold areas, you can add radiant heat to the walls or ceiling.
How noisy is it?
The pump used to circulate the water is almost inaudible. Unlike a traditional system where you hear the blowers or the system turn on and off, radiant heat is very quiet.
Do I have to destroy the current concrete slab to get radiant heating?
Two systems have been designed to work on top of either an existing concrete slab or a plywood subfloor. Quik Trak is designed to install without changing the mouldings, baseboards, or doors. Fast Trak is knobbed mats that work with panels and snap-together tubing.
Can it be restricted to a single room?
Because it works in zones, you have the ability to include or exclude any room. You can use it to warm only the surfaces around a tub or shower.
Can it only be used indoors?
Actually, it can be used to keep driveways and walkways free of ice and snow.
What about air conditioning?
Radiant heating works primarily on the floors, and air conditioning works through ductwork. Incorporating both systems makes the most sense and results in a comfortable home year-round.
What about ventilation?
Ventilation is required to bring in the fresh air, but the ducts for radiant heating can be much smaller.
Can I have PEX tubing installed during construction but then implement it later?
Of course. Adding PEX tubing during the construction phase adds very little to the expense of a poured flooring but can be activated when you are ready.
Winters in Canada are usually very cold. Adding radiant floor heating to your home is a great way to improve its comfort and resale value. Many people choose to add radiant floor heating during construction or renovation, but we can also add to an existing home. Contact Ontario Self Leveling Concrete if you have any additional questions on floor heating. We will be glad to answer all of your questions. We have years of experience and offer the best floor heating service in the Ottawa area.